Don McNeill

Don McNeill

Jul08

4th of July Speech

7-8-2015           Last week, I delivered a patriotic Mark Twain speech at a public speaking event in Raleigh,N.C.  Mr.Twain was often asked to speak at 4th of July events and he loved doing them. There were children present, so I seized on...
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Jun12

How to start a speech

I recently gave a presentation on techniques for starting a speech.  Mark Twain was my teacher and I learned from the best. Mr.Twain was not shy about admitting that he borrowed from the other prominent speakers of the time. Artemus Ward was the best...
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Jan12

Mark Twain defends fracking!

Last Friday, I was invited by my PR assistant Remy to attend a coffee shop meeting she hosts at The Brew in downtown Raleigh. I came in full Mark Twain mode. It was very well attended and nobody seemed put off by having Mark Twain sitting with them. They...
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Nov09

How to tell a story

One week ago today, I competed in the Toastmasters state-wide humorous speech contest. The competition was outstanding and I am proud to say that I was the winner! But there is another story that only a few friends are aware of until now. When I was a...
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Jul14

My Grandfather’s Old Ram

During his long and very successful career on the lecture circuit, Mark Twain had one story that was his favorite. It was the story he heard in the Nevada Territory. Twain was told that he must not miss hearing a story told by an elderly gentleman named...
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Jul10

Grandfather’s Old Ram Performance in Raleigh

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Jun02

Speaking tour

This month I will be doing a series of Mark Twain storytelling events at the 6 Regional Libraries in Wake County.  I am looking forward to these speeches as a way of practicing some stories I have not tried in public before.  Mr.Twain’s favorite...
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May05

Congress

I believe Mark Twain would not be at all surprised by the quality of candidates available to run for Congress.  He covered  Congress as a newspaper reporter.  He needed a job and was very particular about the type of job he would accept.  If the position...
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Mar28

Mark Twain visits a Masonic Lodge

I did a “Mark Twain” speech this week at the James B.Green Masonic Lodge #735 A.F. & A.M. in Raleigh, N.C. The invitation to speak was offered by Master Mason Donald R. Steichen. I met Don a few months ago when he led the effort at starting...
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Jan31

The Dark Path

One of the causes that Mark Twain become involved with was the cause of the adult blind. His friendship with and admiration for Helen Keller inspired Twain to help raise money and awareness on the issue. In 1906, Miss Keller asked him to read a letter...
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